I was thrilled to be a keynote speaker at the Social Media and Feminism event organised by the British Psychological Society to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 6th at the University of Salford’s Media City campus. The day saw a wide range of inter-disciplinary talks from feminists from the fields of psychology, sociology and media studies. My paper looked at the concept of celebrity feminism and attempted to examine how this idea has gained ground via social media by focusing on the examples of celebrity feminists Beyonce and Emma Watson. It was a brilliant event that generated a huge amount of debate about how social media can both greatly assist and hinder the feminist cause. Looking forward to #SoMeFem 2016!
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Kirsty Fairclough is Director of International and Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance in the School of Arts and Media at The University of Salford. Kirsty has taught in the Higher Education sector since 1998 across the areas of Media, Film and Cultural Studies. She has significant experience in leading international and UK partnership development, in the creative industries as well as in HE. Kirsty has an international research career and has published widely on popular culture, chiefly celebrity studies and the audio visual mediation of popular music. She is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and has most recently published on celebrity with a particular emphasis on ageing narratives and female celebrity. Her latest publications can be found here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/search?q=kirsty+fairclough&Gid=1 Kirsty is public speaker on popular culture and has lectured internationally, most recently at Second City Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and Middle Tennessee State University. View all posts by kirstyfairclough